25 Jan

Why Are We Managing Generations

Over the last several years a lot of people have made a lot of money telling business owners and leaders that to effectively manage the modern workforce you must manage the generations differently. Why? They claim these generations are all different, have different values, work practices, and motivators.

In the immortal words of my father…Horse pucky.

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21 Dec

Becoming an Entrepreneur

Becoming an Entrepreneur is easy.  You decide you are good at something or have something people want.  You start a business, and they come to buy what you have or do.  It is that simple.

Not exactly as that reality probably happens to about 1 in several million. For the rest of us, it is a bit more challenging.

So what do you do if you want to be an Entrepreneur?

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07 Dec

Bandaids Aren’t Problem Solving

Problem solving  is a part of what we do and sometimes we spend way to much time doing it.  What if there was a way to reduce the time you spend solving problems? Problems will always be a part of your business.  Even if you have a strong problem prevention program you will still experience problems.  Sometimes, because of time, limiting beliefs or preconceived opinions, we solve the problem with the wrong solution and thereby create a whole new set of problems. Sometimes we put a bandaid on a problem.  Bandaids Aren’t Problem Solving.

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16 Nov

The Lead Generation Trap

As a business owner and also as someone who helps businesses grow, I often see very questionable actions taken on the part of business owners or presented to them.   Sometimes they are rather innocuous or expensive.  Sometimes a play on words without substance attracts a business owner and like a fish drawn to a lure, they strike.  Thousands of dollars in worthless marketing goes out the window.  I say out the window because those spending the money cannot describe or identify the slightest accurate return on those dollars.  I cannot call that Return on Investment because as it turns out…it wasn’t an investment.  This is very true for those who buy into the hype surrounding lead generation and the promises of many many leads for the business.  In these instances, the business owner  just fell for the “Lead Generation  Trap”

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09 Nov

CONFLICT IS GOOD

Let’s be honest; most human beings dislike conflict.  They avoid it because it makes them feel uncomfortable AND they believe it is either an affront to their authority or a sign of disharmony.

 

To paraphrase Gordon Gecko (Michael Douglas in the movie Wall Street), “Conflict is Good.”

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